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Forgotten Sound Tracks Volume 1: Childhood Music from Film & Television

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I am posting this mix in hopes of tracking down information on some of the music contained within.  Ideally, I would like to find them on vinyl in order to remix a few of them.  In an idea scenario, I would love to find the actual masters.

One weekend, while reminiscing over “Saturday Morning Cartoons” from the 70s, and various TV/Film music I had forgotten,  I looked through my vinyl collection to see if I had anything.  Nothing.  So, I started on Youtube, and put together a mix of the only audio I could find… Apologies for the extremely lo-fi recordings (The “Born To Win” section is especially poor, audibly.)

Here are the “tracks” in case you might come across the original recordings — if so, post here so we can continue the hunt.  Comments found via Sound Cloud also provide more information.

This :37 min mix starts with a monologue by George Segal in “Born to Win” (1971), talking about hustling and hair-dressing. It’s a  film about a heroin addict in New York, circa 1971.

They same I’m a charmer… that I charm the people I hustle. Well, that comes after dealing with women, after hairdressing. I love to dress hair! But being that I know what to do, being that I’m hip enough to know, I do it!
- George Segal, “Born to Win” (1971)

  • Although I didn’t watch this film until my teens, the soundtrack is amazing and completely sums up what I loved about soundtrack music in the 70s.  It was real, and every instrument or sound effect was played by a human.  Not to say it was better, but just something that fueled my imagination as a kid.   The music behind the monologue is “You Can’t Turn Me Away”, by Silvia Striplin (1980).  This track wasn’t part of the movie… just a loop I was monkeying with on the MPC while I began to watch “Born To Win” on Youtube.   I clipped the next three songs from the movie as examples of songs I’m trying to find.   What I’ve found so far is that the film was scored by William S. Fischer (also spelled William Fisher) and features Billy Cobham on drums.  Fischer released the LP “Circles” but none of the songs from “Born To Win” are featured on any of his solo albums, nor can I find proof that an OST was ever released for this film.  Surely, Mr. Fischer or someone at United Artists or Edward Spector Productions, Inc would know more?   As a funny aside, if you IMDB this film, you’ll see it features Robert De Niro on the cover (which was not the case, originally).  He played a young cop named “Danny” – a minor role in the film.  Although it appears one can find a VHS or DVD of this film, the sound quality of the overall movie is not great, so I’m hoping I can find the audio elsewhere.  But without the release of a specific OST for Born To Win, I am stumped…
  • The next clip is the theme song to Barney Miller, from the first episode.  I have several TV Soundtrack albums from the 70s, but none feature this original Barney Miller version, which I considered funkier than the later years.  The composition/performance varied from season to season.  It was written by Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson.
  • “I am in this barrel” — I have no idea where this came from, it just slipped into the recording…
  • Closing scene to “Slags”, an episode of the British Comedy Series “Comic Strip Presents” in the 1980s.  The voice is from Adrian Edmondson (who played Vyvyan Basterd in “The Young Ones”).   Adrian Edmondson is still doing well (on Twitter as @AdrianEdmondson), and in a band called “The Idiot Bastard Band” these days, touring the UK.   The original music for this episode was composed by Simon Brint (, who also worked with French & Saunders, and who sadly passed away in 2011.  I have no idea how to find the original music for this, other than the short segment heard in the background of this clip.
  • Mister Rogers closing the show, with announcer from PBS mentioning upcoming programming (and the PBS “sound logo”). Although I have several Mister Rogers LPs, none of them feature the music that seemed improvised from show to show, during the closing credits.
  • Intro music to Neil Simon’s “Seems Like Old Times” (with Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Charles Grodin).  The music is by Marvin Hamlisch ( who also sadly passed away last month, on August 6th, 2012.
  • Audio clip, and intro theme song to Episode 1, Series 1 of “Space 1999” with Martin Landau.  This was my favorite/funkiest version of the Space 1999 soundtrack.  The first series was composed by Barry Gray
  • Audio from a commercial for the Jackson 5 and Osmonds animated series.  I watched both as a kid.
  • “Get Carter” by Roy Budd.  This seems the easiest to find.  The OST is on vinyl I believe.  The band “Mono” sampled this on “Silicon” from their Formica Blues album.  Sample comparison:
  • Fat Albert Halloween Special:  The opening/credits track (sampled by MF Doom) and the scene where Mudfoot lectures the gang (which was sampled by Biz Markie on, obviously, “Mud Foot”)
  • The theme song to “Joy of Painting” w/ Bob Ross.  A show my brother and I always used to watch.  The track is by L. Owens and can probably still be heard on Minnesota Public Radio and The Weather Channel.  There is a gap of silence somewhere in the middle of the song – But this is the best version Youtube had.  The original song was sampled quite nicely in 2008 by “Lone” on the track “Phthalo Blue” ( although there latter part of the original is what I intend to sample (stay tuned for Volume II of this mix)
  • Intro (with dialogue from Christopher Makepeace and Ruth Gordon) for the 1980 film “My Bodyguard“, composed by Dave Grusin (   At 11, I remember watching this movie and fearing middle and high school.
  • Theme song to the TV show “Curiosity Shop.”  Funky!
  • 1971 ABC Promotional Campaign.  “Come September, this is the place to be”.  I don’t know if it was intentional that the start of this song sounds like Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me” (not featured on this mix) but it makes sense…  I doubt any originals exist for this commercial.
  • Clip from a Lawrence Welk episode (a huge part of my childhood)
That’s all I have for now.  If anyone has any information that would help me track down better recordings of the music contained here, I would appreciate your comments, tweets, etc.

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